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Centering The Voices Of South Carolina's Early Care And Education Teachers: A Multi-Case Study Examining How They Select And Are Informed By Professional Development, Lenna Young Dec 2010

Centering The Voices Of South Carolina's Early Care And Education Teachers: A Multi-Case Study Examining How They Select And Are Informed By Professional Development, Lenna Young

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The purpose of this dissertation is to contribute to the existing literature focused on quality early care and education (ECE). Specifically, this study examines two main research questions: (1) How do teachers in South Carolina licensed, privately-funded ECE programs select professional development opportunities and (2) How does participating in professional development inform their practices? These questions are particularly significant in light of the minimal requirements for teachers to enter the ECE field in South Carolina. Due to the low entry requirements for ECE teachers, professional development can play a key role in transforming minimally qualified individuals into teachers who care ...


Administrators' Perspectives Of Parent Involvement In South Carolina Elementary Schools, Paula Schubert Aug 2010

Administrators' Perspectives Of Parent Involvement In South Carolina Elementary Schools, Paula Schubert

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The purpose of this study was to examine administrators' perspectives regarding parent involvement within the context of six typologies of parent involvement. A survey was sent to elementary principals in the state of South Carolina, which resulted in an overall response rate of 210 respondents. This study, which was exploratory in nature, utilized a logistic regression model with quantitative descriptive statistical analysis to understand the perceptions of administrators. The three research questions examined were: (A) what do South Carolina principals report are the parent involvement activities they implement in public elementary schools? (B) to what extent do these parent involvement ...


Pre-Service Teacher Training Experiences Viewed As A Cultural Activity, Ronald Knorr Aug 2010

Pre-Service Teacher Training Experiences Viewed As A Cultural Activity, Ronald Knorr

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What are the experiences of career-changing pre-service middle school teachers undergoing a group-based activity as part of their training? This series of studies explored two aspects of answering this question. In the first manuscript, a methodology of a novel virtual phenomenology interview technique attempts to determine the influence of a virtual world interviewer compared to a traditional face-to-face setting. While syntactical and other significant differences were found, there was no significant difference found comparing meaning units derived from both settings. In the second manuscript, these meaning units were analyzed to create an essence of the experience for the study's ...


The Effects Of Participating In A Service-Learning Experience On The Development Of Self-Efficacy For Self-Regulated Learning Of Third Graders In An Urban Elementary School In Southeastern United States, Nancy Arrington May 2010

The Effects Of Participating In A Service-Learning Experience On The Development Of Self-Efficacy For Self-Regulated Learning Of Third Graders In An Urban Elementary School In Southeastern United States, Nancy Arrington

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Abstract
The teacher-researcher employed multiple methods in this action research to analyze the effects of service-learning on the self-efficacy for self-regulated learning of her third-grade music students as they participated in an intergenerational project--sharing music and writing with residents in a local nursing home.
Quantitative data were analyzed using independent samples t-tests and regression analyses. The quantitative data included the results from the Children's Self-Efficacy Scale (Bandura, 2006) and progress rating scales administered by the teacher-researcher. Emergent coding of qualitative data revealed recurring themes derived from the following sources: observation and field notes, students' reflective journals, student and teacher ...


The Relationship Between The Use Of Written Symbols In Preschoolers And Exposure And Use Of Art Media, Helen Prince May 2010

The Relationship Between The Use Of Written Symbols In Preschoolers And Exposure And Use Of Art Media, Helen Prince

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The Visual Arts are an important part of the daily life of an early childhood classroom. Through drawing, painting, and other expressive media, young children develop early representational skills. These skills are an important component of early literacy development. This paper documents an action research project that took place in a 4K classroom. The aim of the project was to understand why the children in this classroom did not voluntarily spend time writing and drawing in the arts center while also working on strategies for promoting the children's use of the arts center and representational experiences. This research provides ...